In the United States, women make up 20% of all new HIV infections as reported by the CDC. Women of color, and black women in particular, have been especially hard hit and represent the majority of women living with HIV and women newly diagnosed. Women living with and affected by HIV face several challenges to getting the services and information they need, including poverty, cultural inequities, and sexual violence, and many women place the needs of their families above their own. Because of this, women are not often the focal point of conversations around HIV and prevention.
PACPI was intentionally founded to give women living with HIV access to the infectious disease and reproductive care they need for themselves and to give their child the best chance at a healthy life. PACPI focuses on the woman, meeting her medical and social service needs, in order to improve her health and to reduce the risk of HIV transmission to her infant to less than 1%.
Forums bring together pregnant and recently-delivered women living with HIV as a group of support. Forums also serve to increase dialogue between mothers and health care providers so services can be improved. Forums improve the new life experience by addressing the diverse challenges of all mothers, babies, and those who care for them.